Summary: I bought this microphone for usage in my home music recordings. The mic works very well in its recordings of acoustic guitars, and was even surprisingly good for vocals to an extent. Having said that, I did encounter a problem with a certain high-frequency hum being emitted from the mic after several usages. This hum was alleviated with the -10dB pad, but is a pesky and noticeable presence without the pad.
Summary: Bought this along with another AKG 170 to mic strings, voice, and piano. I've been happy with the results. AKG doesn't claim that it is a vocal mic, but it does pretty well anyway. Nice clear sound, especially for strings, and two together work great on piano!
Summary: I bought two of these for use in live performance miking a mandolin and a banjo, respectively. The microphones are well built. I am pleased with the warmth and accuracy. I've also owned some AT 39 Pros. The AKG's are comparable. You won't be sorry you bought them.